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Nigeria Curfews in Place After Violence Kills Dozens

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in two northern Nigeria cities remained under curfews Wednesday, after three days of violence that killed dozens. Nigerians in the cities of Kaduna and Damaturu were confined to their homes 24 hours-a-day, leaving the streets virtually deserted. Witnesses report a large number of soldiers patrolling the streets. There were conflicting death toll estimates Wednesday, […]

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3 Days of Sectarian Clashes in Nigeria Leave More Than 70 Dead

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 70 people have been killed in the past three days in Nigeria after church bombings sparked violence in two northern Nigerian cities. Suicide bomb attacks on churches in Kaduna and Zaria Sunday left more than 20 people dead and sparked reprisals by Christian mobs. Officials say 52 people were killed and more than […]

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Christian, Muslim Clashes in Nigeria Leave 3 Dead

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh sectarian violence has flared in two northern Nigerian cities, after church bombings and rioting killed at least 50 people on Sunday. Police told VOA Tuesday that at least three security officers were killed after gunfire erupted in the city of Damaturu. Some residents blamed the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility […]

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DRC Rebels Accused of Human Rights Violations

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.’s top human rights official has singled out five leaders of a mutiny in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying they may be among the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses in the world. In a Tuesday statement, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the five men may be responsible for […]

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Yemeni Commander Killed in Suicide Attack

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say the commander of military forces in the country’s south was killed Monday in a suicide bombing. Monday’s assassin blew himself up in the southern port city of Aden after throwing himself at Major General Salem Ali Qatan’s vehicle. The attack also killed at least two others in the vehicle with the […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Voices Concern Over Burmese Ethnic Violence

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi voiced concern about violence in the north and west of Burma Saturday, saying despite a cease-fire with the government, hostilities among some ethnic groups continue. She noted that “communal violence resulting in arson and murder” are occurring in western Burma, where state media say some 50 people have […]

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UN: Bangladesh Should Open Borders to People Fleeing Burma

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency is urging Bangladesh to open its borders to people fleeing an outbreak of violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Burma. In a statement Friday, the agency said those trying to escape are not able to find the “safety and security they desperately need.” The U.N. agency also […]

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Death Toll in Burma’s Sectarian Violence Reaches 28

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese officials say the latest outbreak of sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims in western Rakhine state has claimed 28 lives, as a top U.N. envoy ended his visit to the conflict stricken region and stressed the importance of handling the situation delicately. The officials say violence between ethnic Rahkines and ethnic Rohingyas has caused […]

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Death Toll Rises in Burma’s Sectarian Violence

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials say 28 people have died in Burma’s western Rakhine state, as a top U.N. envoy visits there to assess tensions between Buddhists and Muslims. The outbreak of sectarian violence between ethnic Rahkines and ethnic Rohingyas has caused death and property damage on both sides. Officials say tens of thousands of people have been displaced, […]

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UN Envoy Visits Strife-Torn Western Burma

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A top aide to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Burma’s western Rakhine state Wednesday, as security forces there grappled with sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims that has left at least 21 people dead. U.N. officials told VOA that Vijay Nambiar, the U.N.’s top envoy to Burma, traveled to Rakhine accompanied by Burma’s Border […]

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